Joseph Mallord William Turner Reclining Female Nude 1809

Artwork details

Reclining Female Nude
From Lowther Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXIII
Date 1809
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 83 x 114 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXIII 43 a
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Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. The model’s foot continues over the stub of the next leaf of the sketchbook, demonstrating that the leaf was removed by Turner himself before making this drawing, and then on what is now folio 44 (D07918). On the verso of 44 is a very faint pencil outline of the same torso.
Noting the apparent intimacy of this study, Bailey wonders if this is ‘Sarah [Danby] posing for William [Turner]’. But see Introduction to the sketchbook.

David Blayney Brown
July 2009

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